MANILA, Philippines – A group of Azkals fans teamed up with the Azkals Foundation and supermarket big name Puregold to start a crowd-funding initiative for the team.
Tagged as ‘Small Change, Big Change’, the fundraising campaign aims to gather funds from the general public through the tin cans that will be spread in groceries and other establishments and help buffer the expenses that will be incurred by the national team management for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
According Tom Pinlac, the spokesperson of the fans who started the movement, their group wanted to pitch in in any way they can to help the team get to the next level.
“Nakikita kasi natin na malapit na ang 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. We want to help the team get to the next level and naiintindihan natin na yung practices and trips abroad especially if we want to compete internationally, may gastos,” he said in Filipino.
(We understand that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers is just around the corner and we want to help the team to compete in the next level. We understand that they spend a lot when on trips and practices abroad especially when competing internationally.)
The group of fans, which started some time in October 2014, first talked about starting a campaign to support the Philippine national football team in a much bigger way through some of the several fan pages of the team on Facebook.
“We want to ensure that our support for the team can be materialized so the team can really utilize them. We believe not only in watching the games but giving any support that we can,” Pinlac added.
He also stressed that every Filipino should follow their initiative and support the Azkals.
“We are just a bunch of fans and volunteers that try to come up with initiatives to support the team. We believe that the whole country should support them in any way because they are our national team.”
Meanwhile, team manager Dan Palami expressed his gratitude over the fundraising drive that Pinlac and his fellow fans has started to help of the team.
“We are quite happy that some of the fans of the Azkals have taken their support a step further and that is to actually and concretely help the management in defraying some of the costs of the team.” – Rappler.com